"Vimanmek Palace" Vimanmek Mansion Tip by Rodan44

Vimanmek Mansion, Bangkok: 31 reviews and 42 photos

  Justin with Vimanmek Dancers
by Rodan44

Vimanmek Palace was originally built in 1868 on Si Chang Island where it was known as the Mantatrattanarojana Palace. Prince Naris disassembled the palace and reassembled it at the present site within the Suan Dusit palace grounds. It then became the royal residence of H.M. King Chulalongkorn, known as King Rama V, from 1901 to 1906. Following the death of King Chulalongkorn in 1910, Vimanmek remained empty until 1982 when it was opened to the public as a national museum.

The mansion is built in a Victorian colonial design and made entirely of teak wood. In fact, it is the largest golden teak wood building in the world. This enormous "L" shaped structure contains some 81 rooms, with 30 or so open to the public. On display are many objects of fine art and various other items of personal significance to the royal family, as well as many original photographs of the royal family.

In a small pavillion on the side of the mansion, traditional Thai dances are held twice daily for visitors. The dances are free to watch, but you must pay a small fee to use a camera. No photographs are allowed inside the mansion itself.

Address: Rajavithi Road, Dusit
Directions: Behind Bangkok's National Assembly. It is open between 9am and 4pm. The dances are performed twice daily at 10:30am and at 2pm. Entrance fee is 50 Baht for adults.
Phone: 6626286300
Website: http://www.gothailand.com/bangkok/thingstodo/vimanmek.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 2, 2004
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